Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Tsuen Wan (荃灣) to Tuen Mun (屯門) Run

I attempted this run before, starting from Tsuen Wan West Rail Station towards Tuen Mun, along Castle Peak Road (青山公路). Last time I reached only as far as Gold Coast (香港黃金海岸), about 16 kilometers.  

It was a hot day today, and I sweated profusely.  I had to stop many times to catch my breath, and to cool down a bit.  But I pushed on beyond Gold Coast, and did reach the West Rail Station at Tuen Mun, about 19 kilometers. 

At Sham Tseng (深井), there is that big goose standing in the middle of the road.  This is, presumably, to represent the roasted goose that made Sham Tseng famous.  I heard that the District Council spent a lot of money to make that goose.  So who really got fattened?  Not the goose, apparently. 

Along the way, I got to see two of Hong Kong’s famous bridges, the Tsing Ma Bridge (青馬大橋) and the Kap Shui Mun Bridge (汲水門大橋).  And the humungous container ships that squeeze under the Tsing Ma Bridge.  This one is not even the biggest. 

I ran past the Tai Lam Prison.  I don’t know much about this one,   beyond the fact that it is not a maximum security one.  

Then Harrow International School.  The school pays the Hong Kong government HK$1 per month for the use of the land.  That means tax payers, you and I, are subsidizing those rich parents who send their children there.  Why should we subsidize people who make more money than we do?  That boggles the mind.  

Crossroads.  They collect second hand goods and distribute them to those in need, in Hong Kong and internationally.  They offer simulations of “refugee runs” so we can experience what it might feel like to be a refugee, and other similar activities.  Our students, and myself, have benefited from their programs.  Now that is an organization that I do not mind helping.

Towards the end, I ran past Castle Peak Bay (青山灣) and Sam Shing Hui (三聖墟), famous for seafood.  The sea food there is much more expensive than those in wet markets in the city.  Presumably some seafood available here, such as giant mantis shrimps, are not available in the regular wet markets.  Hence the attraction.  I suspect, however, that it is also because it is considered the ‘in’ thing to do.  


YTSL said...

Hi Stephen --

That's quite the run ona hot day!

Re Tai Lam prison: you can go through one of its guarded check out points up to hiking trails around the Tai Lam Chung Reservoir and beyond!

Re the Harrow International School: crazy, isn't it? Stuff like this often makes one think that the government doesn't know how to spend tax payers' money well. Ditto (on a smaller scale) re the Sham Tseng goose sculpture!

StephenC said...

Thanks. I might try going up past the prison one day. Cheers!